Pop-up orchestral performances, Michelin-starred food options, and the world's tallest indoor waterfall. These airports are no mere transit halls – they're models of efficiency and pleasure.
Massive investment in the past few years, including $350 million last year, has vaulted this joint domestic and international complex into top ranks in this year's Skytrax World Airport Awards, chosen by 13.5 million global travellers. Voted best airport in Australia and the Pacific, Brisbane Airport has 160 volunteers helping passengers 12 hours a day year-round, free airport transfers on electric buses, an impressive art collection, pop-up orchestral performances, and a focus on disability services.
Singapore Changi Airport
Named the world's best airport for the seventh consecutive year by Skytrax, this vast complex is a model of efficiency and resort-like fun. Just opened is Jewel Changi Airport, an impressive dome linking three of the four existing terminals. The new Jewel houses the world's tallest indoor waterfall (pictured), an indoor jungle threaded with walking trails, a hotel, and scores of shops and eateries. Children's attractions will include a hedge maze and hammock-like nets for bouncing and rolling in.
Hong Kong International Airport
Named by Skytrax as the world's best airport dining experience this year, Hong Kong's hub, serving 74.7 million passengers annually, houses about 100 eateries, from caviar bars to congee joints. At least 10 restaurants are outposts of brands that are Michelin-starred or recommended, among them Maxim's Jade Garden, Ho Hung Kee, Yung Kee and Hung's Delicacies. Coming soon: an app that enables transiting passengers to pre-order meals for pick-up at a nominated time.